Saturday, February 26, 2011

Better Bets by Rhonda Erb

On & Off the Runway

Zang Toi Gets Real

It is no secret that Zang Toi is a close personal friend of The Real Housewives of New York City star, Jill Zarin. He has even made an appearance with her on the Bravo TV reality show. Zarin returned the favor, during New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, by walking the runway in one of Toi’s strapless ballgowns at the finale of his fall 2011 fashion show. Housewives star, Ramona Singer, was also on hand to view the designer’s elegant collection entitled “Timeless Beauties”. (Photo: Isabelle Erb)

At the Station
Sunday evening commuters passing through New York City’s Grand Central Station on February 13th witnessed a surprising spectacle. Moncler Grenoble staged its Fall 2011 Show by recreating the “ flash mob” phenomenon with a 7-minute dance performance on the terminal floor, showcasing their fall 2011 looks. The 160 dancers were selected from an open casting call and “ were a mix of dancers, models and real people” dancing to a medley of songs by artists as diverse as Prince and Barbara Streisand. All of the rehearsals for the show took place in Brooklyn and the dancers were only able to perform their routine in Grand Central during the actual event. (Photo credit: Isabelle Erb)

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High School Cool
New York City’s Fiorello H. La Guardia High School (also known as the “Fame” school) was the setting for designer, Rachel Antonoff’s full scale production of a high school dance to present her Autumn / Winter 2011 collection. Using the movie The Virgin Suicides for her inspiration, Antonoff filled the school’s third floor gym with crepe paper streamers, balloons and even tables set with Hostess Cupcakes and Twinkies. Each of the models portrayed a stereotypical high school role (wall flowers, mean girls, etc.) and each was clad in one of the designer’s schoolgirl outfits, complete with shoes from the Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff line. Live music was provided by the all girl, LA band, The Like, who were also wearing Rachel Antonoff designs. (Photo credit: Isabelle Erb)

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The Two faces of Betsey
Designer Betsey Johnson’s Fall 2011 “He Loves Me/ He Loves Me Not” Valentine’s Day fashion show was in two acts. The first set of models wore eye-catching prints, bright colors, corsets and petticoats, in other words, signature Betsey styles. The second act introduced Betsey’s more affordable “Pink Patch” collection, priced under $100.00. Just to show how truly “accessible” this new line really is, the designer used some of her own staffers, both male and female, all wearing blond “Betsey” wigs, to model the clothes. Of course, for the finale, Betsey performed her classic routine, executing a perfect cartwheel down the runway. (Photo credit:

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